Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
remove the kickstand helper or disable the cutoff switch?
This weekend I was taking an offroad class on my 2016 Wee at BlackSwanMoto (highly recommended), and was having problems with the engine cutting out at seemingly random moments. Eventually I realized I was able to demonstrate the problem when I stood on the left footpeg and held my right foot in the air. After ruling out witchcraft and the luminuferous aether, I finally realized that the heel of my Forma ADV boot was hitting that "U" on the kickstand and moving it enough to touch the cutoff switch and kill the engine.
It was pointed out that that behavior was pretty hazardous. I could be in some critical moment on a hill or something where the motor cutting out would be very inconvenient.
Somebody suggested I use a grinder tool to cut off the "U". I could also disable the kickstand switch. The 1976 CB360T I had back in college thirty years ago had no such thing, and while I did ride off a couple times with the kickstand down, I didn't die, just heard a "thunk" as the road kicked it up into place.
Any suggestions on which of the two choices I should pursue? Cut it off or disable the switch? Which one would have the better outcome?